Likowa drops his bid in favour of Ogolla
Former Migori County Speaker Gordon Ogolla’s senatorial bid has been boosted after former Migori MP Owino Likowa dropped his ambition in his favour.
The agreement was reached after a prolonged meeting between the two at a Migori hotel before they announced the decision to the press.
Ogolla will now face other 11 aspirants for the ODM ticket on April 21 during party primaries.
Both of them hail from Suna East constituency which has produced other senator aspirants lawyer Dickson Ogola, former Knut deputy Secretary General Charles Katege and Eddy Oketch.
“I have thrown in the weight of my supporters across the county to support Ogolla as he has the best agenda to spur development in the county among other aspirants,” Likowa said.
Likowa said he took the move after IEBC failed to gazette his name among the list of contestants in the county which he said, “he couldn’t rectify with only a week to the nomination process.
Ogolla lauded the move as a positive political gesture and vowed to accommodate Likowa’s supporters and agenda in his development plan for the county.
The two leaders warned the ODM party against using the senate seat for negotiated democracy between the majority Luo and minority Kuria and Suba communities in the county.
“If the Migori senate seat was to be in negotiated democracy ticket then we could have been warned against paying nomination fees and the seat given a direct nomination,” Ogolla said.
Likowa said all aspirants for seats in the county should strive to sell their agenda to the public and not wait for negotiation for the seats.
Other aspirants for the ODM seat ticket include John Magaiwa and Solomon Hodo both from from Kuria West constituency, radio journalist Ben Okello, former Mathare MP Ochieng’ Mbeo among other contestants.
By Geoffrey Satia